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by Woxor
Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 20274

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

Please tell me a single constructive, exceptional thing Obama has actually accomplished for world peace. ... and we're back to the beginning. The award is a show of support, not a reward for achievement, but that is still meaningful. The question of whether he has "accomplished [something] for...
by Woxor
Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 20274

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

So your solution is that we all pretend the emperor is wearing clothes whenever the prize is given away frivolously or erroneously? Not really. I'm saying that there's no harm in focusing on the most constructive aspects of this prize. The goodwill is ours to utilize by accepting it for what it is,...
by Woxor
Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 20274

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

Actually, I'd say the Nobel Peace Prize has no credibility left. That's a perfectly understandable but suspiciously-timed opinion. If you don't believe it's credible per se, I still think the cultural impact must be acknowledged: it's not like saying "I'm going to win a Nobel prize!" is t...
by Woxor
Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 20274

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

I don't see this being self-evident. Can you explain your logic? You're right; it's not necessarily self-evident. (That said, I also don't feel like my logic is all that far-fetched.) Here's where I'm coming from: First, we're talking about the Nobel Peace Prize. This isn't a daytime Emmy or even a...
by Woxor
Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 20274

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

If Jesus Christ returned to endorse Barack Obama, there would be an op-ed in the WSJ ranting about how a once noble spiritual guru had lost his credibility and become a laughingstock. The award is a show of support, not a reward for achievement, but that is still meaningful. The fact that that is up...
by Woxor
Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 20274

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

But if he did that simply by not being Bush, that doesn't really speak to him. I'm not saying that this is the only way to interpret the prize, but I think it's significant that Obama is an elected head of state, making him both representative of the will of the American people and the representati...
by Woxor
Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Franken Reins in Defense Contractors' Treatment of Victims
Replies: 49
Views: 3769

Re: Franken Reins in Defense Contractors' Treatment of Victims

Finally.

After three or four years of careful thought, the U.S. government has decided it DOESN'T want to be a facilitator of brutal rape. Jesus Christ.
by Woxor
Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: pie charts
Replies: 16
Views: 1976

Re: pie charts

Not to disappoint on the "complex mathematical ideas" front, but I'm thinking of something like a regular pie chart, only animated as a gif that spins really fast like a wheel. Or does it have to be a hard-copy? You could bake an actual pie with different segments having different flavors.
by Woxor
Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GM to Officially Kill Saturn
Replies: 33
Views: 4069

Re: GM to Officially Kill Saturn

I opened this thread thinking that Saturn would have its planetary status revoked, like poor lil Pluto :( REVOLT My first thought was, "Okay, they'll have to feed him a stone to make him think he's swallowed Jupiter, then make him vomit up the other gods, then defeat him in a cosmic war, etc.&...
by Woxor
Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Representative Alan Grayson (is a badass) on healthcare plan
Replies: 25
Views: 1855

Re: Representative Alan Grayson (is a badass) on healthcare plan

It would have been better if he had given more evidence that there was no other Republican plan ("I found out that one of their props is a blank sheet of paper, then I asked around and didn't get an answer" isn't really enough). As is, I feel like he leaves himself open to perfectly valid ...
by Woxor
Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rich, Black, Flunking: Ogbu's research in Shaker Heights, OH
Replies: 49
Views: 5300

Re: Rich, Black, Flunking: Ogbu's research in Shaker Heights, OH

You mean of taking a large group of people he knows absolutely nothing about and painting them all as being motivated by racism? Yes. He does that. He's doing that now. Carter knows absolutely nothing about white people in the south? Or white people around the country? You're talking about Jimmy Ca...
by Woxor
Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's the coolest thing you've ever learned in math class?
Replies: 58
Views: 6723

Re: What is...

However, the very notion of "the size of a set" cannot be consistently applied to all possible sets, if you accept the axiom of choice because you end up with even more abhorrent paradoxes that mathematicians are unwilling to accept . Fixed. Some mathematicians are perfectly willing to ac...
by Woxor
Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's the coolest thing you've ever learned in math class?
Replies: 58
Views: 6723

Re: What is...

Does that have something to do with the fact that you can have an infinite amount of points in a plane, and could thus double it that way Yes, in a sense, because you're not changing the cardinality of the set, but that's more of a necessary condition than a sufficient one, so to speak. It's more t...
by Woxor
Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's the coolest thing you've ever learned in math class?
Replies: 58
Views: 6723

Re: What is...

Yakk wrote:My favourite anagram of Banach-Tarski is Banach-Tarski Banach-Tarski.

Ah ha ha ha ha ha! This is great. I'm stealing it and using it from now on.
by Woxor
Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama, this is why people say you lie.
Replies: 110
Views: 6516

Re: Obama, this is why people say you lie.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Obama win the primaries specifically because his health care plan would not require an individual mandate? (as opposed to Hillary Clinton's). I dunno, maybe. I assumed it was because he appeared to be eminently reasonable as opposed to projecting an erratic, insi...
by Woxor
Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's the coolest thing you've ever learned in math class?
Replies: 58
Views: 6723

Re: What is...

Banach-Tarski always seemed pretty "out there." I'm a sucker for anything that non-mathematicians will flatly not believe under any circumstances.
by Woxor
Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama, this is why people say you lie.
Replies: 110
Views: 6516

Re: Obama, this is why people say you lie.

Strict conceptual definitions almost always break down somewhere when you apply them to reality. That's why people generally, intuitively use loose definitions that only make sense in a certain context. That leads to fallacies where you broaden the meaning of a word and then try to re-apply the defi...
by Woxor
Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Monopoly game launches on Google
Replies: 62
Views: 7155

Re: Monopoly game launches on Google

The reset has vastly improved the game. Cheating is more difficult, and the incentives are slightly better. From what I see, the taxation is 3% (I don't see 5% on the blog or FAQ) per property above 5, and it makes sense to me as a balancing aspect. Now there is actually some incentive towards buyin...
by Woxor
Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Glenn Beck Wants You To Question Authority
Replies: 158
Views: 12400

Re: Glenn Beck Wants You To Question Authority

I believe much of his hyperbole is based on fact. Republican apologists have been claiming that for a while now, not just in reference to Beck, but regarding Limbaugh, Palin, various congressmen, even Bush or McCain. I would find it easier to believe that the outrageous Republican spins were based ...
by Woxor
Sun Aug 30, 2009 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What does it take?
Replies: 6
Views: 1114

Re: What does it take?

Both? You can be the smartest guy ever, but if you don't know the system, notation, and state of the art, you aren't going to know how to apply that talent. Brute mental force is rarely as effective as accurately aimed mental force. This. Mathematical progress is more substantially affected by &quo...
by Woxor
Sun Aug 30, 2009 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill would give Obama administration control over Internet
Replies: 28
Views: 2819

Re: Bill would give Obama administration control over Internet

It's inevitable that governments will make power grabs for control over the infrastructure of anything that affects their strategic interests. That doesn't mean we shouldn't try to keep the internet neutral, but I just think it's a losing battle. The internet belongs, de facto, to the government wit...
by Woxor
Sun Aug 30, 2009 3:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Glenn Beck Wants You To Question Authority
Replies: 158
Views: 12400

Re: Glenn Beck Wants You To Question Authority

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:Oh, so all the wacky antics "conservatives" get up to are just jokes, and the punchline is that America is screwed?

This is a lot closer to reality than anyone would like to admit.
by Woxor
Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Glenn Beck Wants You To Question Authority
Replies: 158
Views: 12400

Re: Glenn Beck Wants You To Question Authority

Man, and people thought "potatoe" was bad.
by Woxor
Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A more thorough Census, coming 2010
Replies: 8
Views: 731

Re: A more thorough Census, coming 2010

"Geography" is often used in a very broad sense, to include things like the culture of people in different places. That's fairly important for reasons of perspective and political awareness.
by Woxor
Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kay Bailey announces Gov Run: Texas style
Replies: 32
Views: 3129

Re: Kay Bailey announces Gov Run: Texas style

Every single state wide office is held by a Republican and has been that way for nearly a decade. State wide, maybe, but we have substantial state-level representation in the legislature. EDIT: Maybe that won't help win the governorship, I know, but it gives an indication that we are here, and we c...
by Woxor
Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kay Bailey announces Gov Run: Texas style
Replies: 32
Views: 3129

Re: Kay Bailey announces Gov Run: Texas style

Yeah the "forgone conclusion" argument is the most successful Republican spin I can think of. It's not an insurmountable obstacle. Come on, people! Yes we can! :D I mean, Mexican-Texans have to start voting more eventually. Everybody's trying to claim they'll go Republican for the abortion...
by Woxor
Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kay Bailey announces Gov Run: Texas style
Replies: 32
Views: 3129

Re: Kay Bailey announces Gov Run: Texas style

ITT: we learn that conservative doesn't always mean republican. Please, learn it quickly. The deeper part of south texas is mostly conservative democrats. Not me, but still. Democrats are usually more liberal, and if a Democrat is elected (even by conservative, Democratic voters), he or she will pr...
by Woxor
Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kay Bailey announces Gov Run: Texas style
Replies: 32
Views: 3129

Re: Kay Bailey announces Gov Run: Texas style

Unless she changes stances pretty dramatically or there is a total shit-bag running as a Democrat, I can't see myself voting for her. Her record is essentially conservative with a few minor concessions: she seems like a half-way reasonable person who is nonetheless completely Republican. The pervasi...
by Woxor
Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs
Replies: 550
Views: 43606

Re: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs

At the risk of enraging people further, I'm going to hop back on this for a moment. If there are actual criticisms of the posters, they should be constructive. "Don't do this, because this is really a problem for this group, but you could try this other thing". If the only criticism is jus...
by Woxor
Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs
Replies: 550
Views: 43606

Re: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs

No, Woxor, I wasn't asking you sarcastically. Well, maybe in the sense that I knew I wasn't going to get a real answer anyway. Even if you are on some great personal crusade to right wrongs and it's going just bloody swimmingly, guess the fuck what? Other people can still take on the issue of homop...
by Woxor
Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs
Replies: 550
Views: 43606

Re: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs

Of course you have a right. I never said you don't have a right. *I* have a right to look at you saying "Guys, this really isn't worth it, we could be working on so many more important things" and to ask exactly what you're doing toward the ends of those more important things, and to then...
by Woxor
Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs
Replies: 550
Views: 43606

Re: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs

Where's the suggestion? Is it "chill the fuck out?" Yes, that is very much my suggestion. Maybe it's the fact that emotions and subtext come through in weird ways over the internet, but on my monitor, it looks like you are going nuts. I've never given a shit, but interesting enough, a lot...
by Woxor
Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs
Replies: 550
Views: 43606

Re: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs

Oh are they? ARE they more urgent? What are you doing to effect such much much more urgent progress? Oh, just posting on an Internet forum about how important they are? Without even pointing them out specifically or offering better suggestions for anything? Yeah, shut the fuck up. I'm sorry I didn'...
by Woxor
Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs
Replies: 550
Views: 43606

Re: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs

Jesus Christ, chill the fuck out. In some contexts, some insensitive people use "gay" to mean "lame." Yeah, it sucks for gays. Yeah, it should be different. But it's not. It could eventually be changed by linguistic activists, but it's not worth the effort. Have some perspective....
by Woxor
Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sotomayor confirmed 68-31
Replies: 8
Views: 786

Re: Sotomayor confirmed 68-31

Woot! Latinos are long overdue for a bigger voice in government and in national discourse in general. As are women, SCOTUS-wise, at least. As are liberals, SCOTUS-wise, at least.

Now we get to wait anxiously for the next justice to retire.
by Woxor
Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 97841

Re: Sheeple

Yet another ad-hominem attack against Objectivists... I'd feel bad, but I know that people only do it because there's no REAL argument to be made against Objectivism, so this is the kind of thing I've come to expect. Hahahaha ... you guys crack me up. You're like meth-addled psychopaths reading alo...
by Woxor
Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama administration rejects challenge to DOM act
Replies: 80
Views: 6554

Re: Obama administration rejects challenge to DOM act

Woxor: I don't understand how you can still be so optimistic about Obama: he's continued the failed war in Afghanistan, failed to address the Palestinian side in his Cairo Speech (How about telling Israel to renounce violence as well?), refused to nationalize banks, barely pulling out of Iraq, and ...
by Woxor
Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama administration rejects challenge to DOM act
Replies: 80
Views: 6554

Re: Obama administration rejects challenge to DOM act

... he can, in spite of all his other accomplishments, be remembered as either a defender of human rights, or as just another scumbag in a suit. There we go, that's the sentiment I was apparently anticipating in my original post. This is a false dichotomy IMO, even if you're only referring to what ...
by Woxor
Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama administration rejects challenge to DOM act
Replies: 80
Views: 6554

Re: Obama administration rejects challenge to DOM act

Okay, now that I look at it more closely, he did say something to the effect that he was going to reverse DOMA in particular. I imagine that my arguments still stand, but they might be addressing a straw man here; my bad. It's definitely justified to be upset if he has explicitly flip-flopped.
by Woxor
Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama administration rejects challenge to DOM act
Replies: 80
Views: 6554

Re: Obama administration rejects challenge to DOM act

I must be a starry-eyed fool for believing that just because the leader I voted for doesn't agree with me on an important issue does not mean that that leader is suddenly a Machiavellian bastard who has cruelly stabbed me in the back. Obama didn't campaign as a freedom fighter who would topple the A...

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